Risk Management

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants #22

The blog carnival is here again. Although this week was an open call for posts, I noticed a theme--all the posts relate to planning for 2007. Hopefully through this advice, we can all become better nonprofits in 2007.

1. Gene Tagaki of the Nonprofit Law blog discusses the, "IRS Exempt Organizations Division 2007 Priorities," in his post.

2. Alan at the California Association of Nonprofits shares the, "2007 mileage reimbursement rates set forth by the IRS," in his Nonprofit Accounting Bootcamp blog.

3. Nancy Swartz of the Getting Attention blog, discusses the importance of putting your tag line in your e-mail signature, in her "Your World, Your Chance to Make it Better," blog post.

4. "Cause related marketing comes of age," in Paul Jones's cause related marking blog.

5. Tracy of Frequence Inc. blog entry shares about the, "Top Ten Ways to Prevent Employee Theft in your Organization."

6. Holly at the NTEN Connect blog post is called, "Protect Your .org."

7. Jeff of the Donor Power Blog, shares with us how to focus on our donors and not ourselves in his, "The Invisible Donor" blog post.

The Bamboo Project will be hosting next week's Blog Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants.

Nonprofit Operations Wiki

Today was the second Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion. The topic we discussed today was Risk Management. It was interesting to learn about all the different types of risk there is within any nonprofit.

Notes from this discussion as well as the first discussion about Mass E-mail for Nonprofits can be found in the wiki that I created. If you are interested you can log on to the Nonprofit Operations wiki and add resources and or nonprofit operations suggestions. I created the wiki so that folks who are not able to attend the Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussions can still participate and read the notes from the discussions. 


Security Culture at my Nonprofit

I was shredding some documents in the office yesterday, and Aspiration's Director, Allen, over heard me and asked what I was doing. I told him I was shredding.  He then asked if I was going to blog about my shredding and suggested that I blog about Aspiration's security procedures. Funny that he suggested this topic considering the Brown Bag Lunch discussion I will be hosting in a couple of weeks is about Risk Management.

So, this blog post is dedicated to Allen Gunn who taught me a lot about security culture. 

Here is a glimpse of Aspiration's security culture. All of our security culture procedures are listed in our Operations Manual.

Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch-Risk Management

Join us for an interactive Nonprofit Operations Brown Bag Lunch discussion about best practices for Risk Management.

Come learn and share best practices for Risk Management and receive Risk Management documents and templates.  Tell us what you want to discuss--Creating a Risk Management Plan, Preparing for Disaster, Preparing for an Office Move, Workplace Safety, or other Risk Management topics.

This Brown Bag lunch discussion will take place on Wednesday, November 29th from 12-1 PM at the San Francisco Nonprofit Technology Center, 1370 Mission St., 4th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103. Map link. Questions/Topic Suggestions 415-839-6456.

What I'm learning about Fiscal Sponsorship for Nonprofits

I'm going to this workshop this afternoon at the Foundation Center about Fiscal Sponsorship. It seems like I have been spending the last couple of months thinking about Fiscal Sponsorship not only from the perspective of a nonprofit that provides Fiscal Sponsorship, but also looking at start-up nonprofits and what fiscal sponsorship means to them.  Here's what I've learned so far.

First, I learned that fiscal sponsorship is not something that nonprofits should just jump into quickly. When I came into Aspiration, we had a fiscal sponsorship agreement in place, however after working with my Attorney and reading the book, "Fiscal Sponsorship--6 Ways to Do It Right" by Gregory Colvin. I realized that we needed to have a stronger agreement with the new organizations we were sponsoring. We are what the book defines as Model C--"A Preapproved Grant Relationship" with the new organizations we sponsor. It took us a while to get all this figured out and we are still working to do this the right way.

Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants #16/17-General Nonprofit Management Advice

So I'm hosting the Blog Carnival of Nonprofit Consultants again this week and I received a lot of great posts this week about general nonprofit management advice. Here are the top seven.

1. In lieu of Hawaii's big earth quake over the weekend, I thought it fitting to start with Ken Goldstein from the Nonprofit Consultant's Blog very relevant post about Fundraising for a Disaster.

Also Nonprofit Branding seems to be a hot topic this week; here are a couple of posts that reflect this marketing tool that nonprofits can use.

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